Arianespace collects launch orders for eight Galileo satellites and for a pair of Italian PLATiNO satellites

by | Jan 7, 2022 | ESA, Launches, Satellites, Seradata News

Arianespace got the year off to a good start with the announcement of the ESA and European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) confirmation of for launches to carry eight additional Galileo satellites. Arianespace will launch the first two satellites in later in 2022 will on a Soyuz ST-B/Fregat MT launched from Sinnamary, part of the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in French Guiana. Ahead of that, Arianespace is also due to launch another pair of Galileo satellites from an earlier order on a Soyuz in the first half of this year.

Artist’s impression of Ariane 62 in flight. Courtesy: Arianespace

Then, three successive launches on Ariane 62 in 2023, 2024 and 2025 from Kourou (also part of the CSG). With this order, EUSPA takes over the role of placing launch services contracts for Galileo from ESA, which acted so far in the name and on behalf of the European Commission and will continue to be the technical authority for these launches.

This order follows on European Space Agency’s (ESA) earlier order for the launch of four satellites in October 2021, and will complete the deployment of first-generation Galileo satellites.

In a separate announcement, Arianespace also announced an order from SITAEL on behalf of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for one launch on its small Vega and one on the slightly larger Vega-C, with both to take place between 2022 and 2024.  The Italian PLATiNO 1 X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite and PLATiNO 2 optical/thermal observing Earth observation satellite using electric thruster technology will launched on a Sun-synchronous orbit

The PLATiNO platform has been developed by a temporary consortium established between SITAEL, Leonardo, Thales Alenia Space (a joint venture between Thales -67% and Leonardo -33%) and Airbus Defense and Space; it has been designed to support a wide range of missions in different operational scenarios supporting from Earth observation to telecommunications and scientific missions.

 

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